With only two days to go until the start of the NFL season, it’s time for everyone to release their season predictions. I have been releasing mine over the past week, and The Ringer’s Robert Mays recently did as well. Similar to ours here at Pride of Detroit, they started at the bottom and went team by team as to who they think will be the best team in the NFL this year.
Mays has the Detroit Lions coming in 27th on his list. He cites problems in the defensive back seven and the Lions outdated offense as reasons for why this team may fail this year. On the positive end, he mentions defensive tackle Da’Shawn Hand as a potential breakout candidate.
Detroit comes in as the lowest team in the NFC North on the list. Luckily for them, their Week 1 opponent, the Arizona Cardinals, comes in dead last at No. 32.
- Rob Reischel over at Forbes took a look at how oddsmakers view the 2019 Detroit Lions by looking at the available bets for the team.
- Lions rookie corner Amani Oruwariye may not have had the best preseason, but as the Lions official PR Twitter account points out, he did a great job displaying his playmaking skills with five passes defended. This is the best single preseason total for a Lions defender in 16 years.
#Lions CB Amani Oruwariye (@AmaniO) notched his 5th pass defense of the preseason tonight against the #Browns.— Detroit Lions PR (@LionsPR) August 30, 2019
This marks the most PDs by a @Lions player in a single preseason since DB Blue Adams totaled 7 PDs for the Lions in 2003.#OnePride pic.twitter.com/E94Xuflt2N
- ESPN has begun their NFL previews as well this week, and they went into a deep dive of what we can expect from the Detroit Lions in the upcoming season.
- The Detroit Lions released their first depth chart of the upcoming season, per team reporter Tim Twentyman. Similar to the preseason depth charts, this is created by the media team, not the coaching staff, so it may not be reflective of what we see this Sunday. So, for example, don’t read too much into Kenny Wiggins being listed as the starting left guard.